Saturday is jam packed with criminal delights!
10am BOLD NEW VOICES WITH FEMI KAYODE, SUSIE YANG AND SAIMA MIR
Chaired by Theresa Talbot
It’s always exciting meeting the bestsellers of the future, and we’re delighted to showcase three debut authors whose novels are some of the hottest properties around.
Femi Kayode trained as a clinical psychologist before working in advertising. He’s a recent graduate of the UEA Creative Writing programme, and completing his PhD at Bath Spa University. He won the UEA/Little Brown Award for Lightseekers, the first book in a terrific new international crime series featuring investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo. It centres around dangerous secrets tearing a quiet university town to shreds.
Susie Yang’s debut, White Ivy, tells the story of Ivy Lin, a Chinese immigrant in America who’s desperate to assimilate with her peers. She’ll stop at nothing to achieve her goals, including stealing to get the things she needs to fit in. This is a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and a gripping, terrifying tale. Susie Yang received a doctorate of pharmacy, then launched a tech start-up in San Francisco, while studying creative writing. After living in the US, Europe, and Asia, she now resides in the UK.
Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist who grew up in Bradford. Her essay for It’s Not About the Burqa received over 250,000 hits on the Guardian website in just 48 hours. The Khan, her thrilling crime debut, introduces Jia Khan, a successful lawyer whose father was both head of the northern Pakistani community she grew up in, and the force behind its organised crime syndicate. When he is murdered, Jia must return to help restore justice and order to a community in chaos. The Khan has already been optioned by BBC Studios. The Khan is released on the 1st April, to pre-order your copy visit the Waterstones website.
12 noon WORKSHOP – CHARACTER BUILDING FOR SERIES WRITERS WITH D.V. BISHOP
Book early to secure your place. This event will not be broadcast publicly.
Characters are the driving force in any story, even more so when you’re planning out a series featuring a recurring cast. How do you create characters that capture readers’ imaginations — and that will sustain a series of novels? In this bespoke workshop for Granite Noir, novelist and creative writing tutor David (D. V.) Bishop explores different ways to conceive and build a character that lasts. How much do you need to know about your characters before you start writing? And how much should you share with readers?
D.V. Bishop is an award-winning screenwriter and TV dramatist whose love of Florence and the Renaissance inspired his crime fiction debut, City of Vengeance, which won the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland 2018. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by the Scottish Book Trust while writing the novel. David is the programme leader for creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.
2pm PAYING IT FORWARD WITH WILL DEAN, CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD, S.J. WATSON
Chaired by Bryan Burnett
To outsiders, success can look meteoric and instantaneous – but we know it’s about hard work, talent, and yes, a dash of luck, whether that involves clicking with the right agent or editor, or hitting the zeitgeist square on the nose with a killer idea.
Join us for an hour with three superstars who go from strength to strength. Find out how they’ve handled success, and their ongoing outreach efforts to help others up the ladder, through videos, blogs, workshops, contests, book clubs and giveaways, all designed to inspire anyone who’s stuck, or new writers at the start of their careers.
Catherine Ryan Howard is the Queen of High Concept, whose most recent book, The Nothing Man, was a #1 Irish Times bestseller and shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2020.
Will Dean writes the acclaimed Tuva Moodyson mysteries, set in Sweden, where he also lives. But his newest, The Last Thing To Burn, is a stand-alone novel, a claustrophobic, horrifying story about human trafficking and domestic abuse that will haunt you long after finishing the book.
S.J. Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, was an international success, selling more than 6M copies worldwide, and winning the CWA Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. The film of the book starred Nicole Kidman and Colin firth. His latest, Final Cut, is a tense, mature exploration of his fascination with memory, narrative and identity.
3pm CELEBRATING JOSEPHINE TEY’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY; BACKLISTED PODCAST AT GRANITE NOIR ANDY MILLER, JOHN MITCHINSON, AND SPECIAL GUEST VAL MCDERMID
Backlisted Podcast at Granite Noir
Andy Miller, John Mitchinson, and special guest Val McDermid
Inverness-born Josephine Tey (real name Elizabeth MacKintosh), was a popular Golden Age crime writer. Her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), introduced Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard. A Shilling for Candles, followed in 1936, and was used by Alfred Hitchcock as the basis for his 1937 film Young and Innocent. Her novel Brat Farrar, about an impeccable imposter, was made into a BBC television series. And the most famous Inspector Grant mystery, 1951’s The Daughter of Time, was voted the greatest mystery novel ever written by The British Crime Writers’ Association.
Bestselling author Val McDermid, an ardent fan of Tey’s work, has chosen Miss Pym Disposes as the centrepiece of this collaboration between Backlisted podcast and Granite Noir. McDermid’s most recent novel, her 40th, is the bestselling Still Life, featuring DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit. This year she also released a collection of short stories, called Christmas is Murder, contributed to an anthology of crime stories called Afraid of the Christmas Lights, and with Professor Jo Sharp, edited Imagine a Country, essays offering visions of a new future from an array of voices.
Backlisted Podcast — which has topped a million downloads, and was recently chosen as one of Oprah Magazine’s best book podcasts — is dedicated to old books, and hosted by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller. Every episode features a guest, usually a writer, who’s chosen a beloved book that they want to introduce to a wider audience. Always erudite, sometimes silly, and steadfastly passionate about the magic of literature, it’s a standout podcast for bibliophiles. We’re delighted to welcome them to Granite Noir.
4pm RIGHTING WRONGS WITH KATHERINE RUNDELL (AGES 9+)
Chaired by Janet Smyth
Arriving in NYC from England, Vita Marlowe finds out her beloved grandfather has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman. Desperate to see him happy again, she devises a plan to outwit his enemies. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into a lawless, death-defying plan. This is the story of a special heist, pulled off by a group of children who’ll do anything to right a wrong.
Katherine Rundell is the bestselling author of five children’s novels, for which she has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst many others. She spent her childhood in Africa and Europe, and attended the University of Oxford. As well as writing, she studies Renaissance literature, and, as a direct result of writing The Good Thieves, she’s honing her skills on the flying trapeze.
6pm ENTER THE GILDED CAGE WITH CAMILLA LÄCKBERG
Chaired by Alex Clark
Granite Noir welcomes the Queen of Swedish Crime Fiction, bestselling author Camilla Läckberg, whose books have sold over 28 million copies worldwide. Läckberg is the sixth most read writer in Europe, with books published in more than 60 countries.
A former economist, Läckberg grew up in Fjällbacka, a small fishing community located on the west coast, almost exactly halfway between Uddevalla and Strömstad. By 2006, she was Sweden’s best-selling author, and she now counts crime fiction, cookbooks, and children’s books to her name. Her Fjällbacka novels were adapted for television in 2012, and the following year saw the premiere of the film The Hidden Child, based on the fifth book in the Fjällbacka series.
Her newest novel, The Gilded Cage, is a gripping psychological thriller hailed by the New York Times Book Review as, “Smart, unflinching… [a] novel of female empowerment and triumph over the patriarchy.” It’s the story of a woman who seems to have it all — and what she’s willing to do to protect that seemingly perfect life.
8pm AN AUDIENCE WITH JO NESBO
Chaired by Jacky Collins
Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, and the creator of Harry Hole, one of the most intriguing characters in crime fiction. He’s an international number one bestseller whose books are published in 50 languages, selling over 33 million copies around the world. Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but injury put paid to that career. After three years’ military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre (Them There). They topped the charts in Norway while Nesbo worked a day job as a financial analyst. When commissioned to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole novel instead. The rest, as they say, is history!
Nesbo’s most recent novel, The Kingdom, the story of two brothers coping with a devastating family legacy, is a simmering, complex thriller delivering shocks and surprises at every turn.
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